Myths About Autism

Many myths about autism exist.  Some are out-dates theories or idea which current research has proven false.  Others are broad generalizations about autism characteristics, which may apply to some individuals with autism, but do not apply to all.  Autism is a spectrum disorder, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.  Individuals very greatly; each person [...]

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Facts About Autism

Autism is a life long developmental disability, the result of a neurological disorder affecting the functioning of the brain. Usually diagnosed during the first 3 years of life, and accurate diagnosis requires a team of professionals, which may include a pediatrician, child psychologist, speech therapist and occupational therapist, among others. The prevalence rate of 1 [...]

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Treatment of Autism

During your information search, you will ear of many different treatments available for autism.  Some of the therapies which you might read in print or hear in conversation include: auditory training, behavior modification, dietary interventions, education programs, facilitated communication, holding therapy, medication, music therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sensory integration, vision therapy, vitamin therapy. Most [...]

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Is There a Cure for Autism?

Understanding of autism has grown tremendously since it was first described by Dr. Leo Kanner in 1943.  Some of the earlier searched for "cures" now seem unrealistic in terms of today's understanding of brain-based disorders.  To cure means "to restore to health, soundness, of normality".  In the medical sense, there is no cure for the [...]

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What is the Cause of Autism?

Researchers from all over the world are devoting considerable time and energy into finding the answer to this critical question.  Medical researchers are exploring different explanations for the various forms of autism.  Although a single specific cause of autism is not known, current research links autism to biological or neurological differences in the brain.  In [...]

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Characteristics of Autism

Individuals with autism usually exhibit at least half of the traits listed below.  These symptoms can range from mild to severe and very intensity from symptom to symptom.  In addition, the behavior usually occurs across many different situations and is consistently inappropriate for their age. Insistence on sameness; resists change in routine Severe language deficits [...]

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How is Autism Diagnosed?

There are no medical tests for diagnosing autism. An accurate diagnosis must be based on observation of the individual's communication, behavior, and developmental levels. However, because many of the behaviors associated with autism are shared by other disorders, various medical tests may be ordered to rule out or identify other possible causes of the symptoms [...]

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What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 50 individuals. Today there are approximately 10,000 individuals with some [...]

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Introduction to Autism

Today, over 500,000 individuals in the U.S. are believed to have some form of autism, and this is a conservative estimate. It is not a rare disorder, as you may have been told. Autism is the third most prevalent development disability, more so that Down's syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy or Multiple Sclerosis. Autism occurs in families [...]

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